IMR events spring 2014
Institute of Musical Research events programme - spring 2014 music.sas.ac.uk photo: Edward Baran
Welcome to the Institute of Musical Research. The institute is funded to promote research from all UK institutions of Higher Education, facilitate research networks and provide training for postgraduate students. It provides links to the wider musical community, encourages cross-disciplinary projects, and enhances research impact through public events. I look forward to welcoming you to the Institute of Musical Research. Paul Archbold
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Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, UK 020 7664 4865 cover illustration: Man and Woman - Stowe ms 955 f009r Reproduced with permission of the British Library The Second International Bagpipe Conference is held in Chancellorâ€™s Hall, Senate House on Saturday 8 March
Funding organisations Higher Education Funding Council for England Higher Education Academy Aga Khan Trust for Culture Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation Hepner Foundation Hinrichsen Foundation Academic collaborators AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice Birmingham Conservatoire British Forum for Ethnomusicology Brunel University Canterbury Christ Church University Cardiff University City University London Goldsmiths University of London Guildhall School of Music & Drama Kingâ€™s College London Middlesex University National Association for Music in Higher Education Royal Academy of Music Royal College of Music Royal Holloway, University of London Royal Northern College of Music Royal Musical Association School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London University of Birmingham University of Bristol University of Cambridge University of Huddersfield University of Liverpool University of Manchester University of Nottingham University of Oxford University of Sheffield University of Southampton University of Surrey With thanks to: BBC Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre British Museum Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Arditti Quartet Ensemble ExposĂŠ Elision Ensemble
CMPCP/IMR Performance/Research seminars Sponsored by the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice and the Institute of Musical Research Open to the public, free of charge
Monday 27 January, 17:00-18:30 Room 102, Senate House Aaron Corn (Australian National University) Performing reality through Australian indigenous epistemologies of ceremonial law Chair: Tina K Ramnarine Monday 10 February, 17:00-18:30 Room G37, Senate House Karen Wise, Mirjam James, John Rink (University of Cambridge) The practice of creative performance Chair: John Rink Monday 17 February, 17:00-18:30 Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House Paul Barker (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) and Alban Coombs The pianist as actor: embodying hybrid knowledge Chair: Mine Doğantan-Dack Monday 24 February, 17:00-18:30 Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House John Butt (University of Glasgow) Tempo relationships in eighteenth-century music - historically-informed creativity? Chair: Daniel Leech-Wilkinson
Monday 24 March, 17:00-18:30 Room 102, Senate House Tim Jones (Royal Academy of Music) Completing Mozart fragments: on musicology and forgetting Chair: Paul Archbold Monday 7 April, 17:00-18:30 Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House Gwilym Simcock Chair: Eric Clarke Monday 12 May 2014, 17.00–18.30 Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House Christian Wolff Chair: Paul Archbold Christian Wolff, the distinguished American composer of experimental music, visits the UK to discuss his music. The lecture will be followed by a short concert Apartment House Bridget Carey (viola), Anton Lukoszevieze (cello), Philip Thomas (piano) Christian Wolff Exercises 29 & 30 3 instruments (UK première) Cello Suite Variation cello Duo 10 (Summer Days) vla, cello (UK première) In Between Pieces vla, cello, piano Small Preludes piano Emma vla, cello, piano (UK première) Monday 19 May 2014, 17.00–18.30 Room 102, Senate House Claire Holden (Cardiff University) Articulation and legato in Beethoven’s string writing Chair: John Rink
Directions in Musical Research A series of seminars exploring new directions in musical research Open to the public, free of charge
Monday 3 February, 17:00-18:30 Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House Peter Hill (Professor emeritus, University of Sheffield) Reflections on Messiaen sketches Peter Hill looks at the compositional sketches for Oiseaux Exotiques, Catalogue d’oiseaux and the newly-discovered La Fauvette Passerinette (1961), which was given its première by Peter last November. Monday 10 March, 17:00-18:30 Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House Hilda Paredes Cultural Roots: connecting time and place in musical composition To be followed by a short concert with Irvine Arditti, violin Hilda Paredes In memoriam Thomas Kakuska Monday 17 March, 17:00-18:30 Room G35, Senate House Lucie Skeaping (Presenter: BBC Radio 3’s The Early Music Show, Director The City Waites) The Elizabethan ‘dramatic’ Jig: Re-uniting Words and Music Chair: Jeremy Barlow (Historian of English popular music from the 16th to 18th centuries) In Shakespeare’s day, a ‘jig’ was a short, comic, sung-drama that acted as an afterpiece to the main play and was sung to popular tunes of the day. Few jig texts have survived, but contemporary reports suggest they were often bawdy, farcical and and libellous: anything, it seems, to send the audience home happy. Since only a handful of tunes are named in the surviving texts, how far is it possible to reunite the jig texts with the tunes to which they would have been sung and danced? For her forthcoming book, ‘Singing Simpkin and other Bawdy Jigs’ (co-authored with Dr Roger Clegg; UEP January 2014), the singer and broadcaster Lucie Skeaping has examined all the evidence and, in an illustrated lecture, presents her conclusions.
Conferences and Symposia Saturday 8 March Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House Second International Bagpipe Conference Convenor: Cassandre Balosso-Bardin Delegate fee payable For further details please visit: internationalbagpipeorganisation.wordpress.com Promoted by the International Bagpipe Organisation in association with the IMR and SOAS Sunday 11 May, 10:30 and 14:00 Purcell Room, Southbank Centre Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Gamechangers Study Day - focussing on Haydn’s Creation. Tickets £12 per session (£6 concessions, £4 students) Book both parts of the day and save 15% For further details please visit: oae.co.uk www.southbankcentre.co.uk/oae Promoted by the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment Sunday 25 May, 10:30 - 18:00 Frobisher Suite, Barbican Centre Harrison Birtwistle at 80: a study day Admission free. Limited places - preference given to ticket holders for events in birtwistle at 80 Further events in the birtwistle at 80 festival include: Friday 16 May 19:00 Tuesday 20 May 19:30 Sunday 25 May 19:30 Thursday 29 May 19:30 Friday 30 May 18:00 Friday 30 May 19:30
Gawain with BBC Symphony Orchestra Earth Dances with London Symphony Orchestra Cantus Iambeus with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Yan Tan Tethera with Britten Sinfonia Tree of Strings with Arditti Quartet Fields of Sorrow with Britten Sinfonia
For details of the Barbican festival birtwistle at 80 and ticket prices please visit barbican.org.uk/birtwistle Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891
Research Training A series of research training days and seminars designed for postgraduate students
Arditti Quartet: international call for new works for string quartet Early-career composers of any age and nationality are invited to submit new string quartets for rehearsal in a public workshop with the Arditti Quartet Deadline for receipt of scores 1 March 2014 Submit one score (maximum duration 15 minutes) and curriculum vitae to: Dr Paul Archbold, Institute of Musical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Alternatively, you may submit pdf files electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org Composition workshops will take place on Wednesday 23 April 2014 in London. Selected composers will be expected to attend the full day of workshops. The composition workshop is open to the public. Admission free
NAMHE travel grants Students of UK Higher Education Institutions may apply for a grant to assist with the cost of travel to participate in a Research Training event organised by the IMR. Applications will be considered by a panel representing IMR and NAMHE. Please apply in advance to email@example.com This funding has been made available by the National Association for Music in Higher Education
The Listening Workshop An open forum with invited talks and discussions of readings on the history, ethnography and theory of listening convened by Professor Rachel Beckles Willson Unless otherwise stated meetings take place at 11 Bedford Square, London WC1 3RF Admission free Organised by Royal Holloway’s Humanities and Arts Research Centre For details of texts for the reading group please email R.BecklesWillson@rhul.ac.uk Friday 17 January 14:00 Paul Simpson (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University) Spacing politics and methods in ambiance and atmospheres research: Listenings from St Pancras and Gare du Nord Thursday 23 January 19:00 The Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW, Listening to Jerusalem, listening to the past Book launch, talks, readings and a concert of Arab music The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948. Memoirs translated from the Arabic by Nada Elzeer, with a Foreword by Rachel Beckles Willson Edited by Salim Tamari and Issam Nassar. Olive Branch Press, 2013 Friday 7 February 14:00 Nick Couldry (Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics) Practices of Listening: Or, What it might mean to take Voice Seriously Friday 14 February 14:00 Reading Group: Listening and Violence Friday 21 February 21 14:00 Steve Connor (Faculty of English, University of Cambridge) Violent Listening Friday 28 February 14:00 M. J. Grant (Musicology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) Listening to Torture Friday 7 March 14:00 Reading Group: Recent classics in the philosophy of listening Friday 14 March 14:00 Rachel Beckles Willson (Music, Royal Holloway, University of London) Reorientations: the Flesh of Sound Space
New Music Insight A new resource for the academic community Research documentaries, performances and lectures devoted to new music music.sas.ac.uk/newmusicinsight ©Andy Catterall/University of London
Brian Ferneyhough at 70 Three conversations filmed as part of Brian Ferneyhough’s residency in the UK as S T Lee Visiting Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London Brian Ferneyhough in conversation with Colin Blakemore Brian Ferneyhough in conversation with Robert Worby Brian Ferneyhough in conversation with Christopher Redgate Events supported by the IMR, AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice, Royal Academy of Music, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, University of Huddersfield, Hepner Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music Changing Face of ‘New’ Music Sir Peter Maxwell Davies re-evaluates Anton Webern’s lecture The Path to the New Music with perceptive insights into the contemporary cultural world. Lecture supported by the John Coffin Memorial Fund
Poetry, Music, Drama: the creation of contemporary opera Sir Harrison Birtwistle & David Harsent in conversation with Fiona Sampson Lecture by Jonathan Cross Roundtable discussions with: John Casken, Michael Symmons Roberts, Robert Saxton and Andrew Watts, chaired by Paul Archbold & Fiona Sampson Conference and talk supported by the IMR, IES, John Coffin Memorial Fund and the Hepner Foundation Film supported by a grant from the Higher Education Academy
photo: Alex Rumford
Documentaries and performances Arditti Quartet perform Jonathan Harvey String Quartet no. 2 A film by Paul Archbold and Colin Still of a performance of Jonathan Harvey’s String Quartet no. 2 at St Giles’ Cripplegate, London in January 2012. Arditti Quartet perform Jonathan Harvey String Quartet no. 4 A film by Paul Archbold and Colin Still of a performance of Jonathan Harvey’s String Quartet no. 4 at Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s, London in January 2012. Jonathan Harvey String Quartet no. 4: Notes towards an analysis Michael Clarke discusses Jonathan Harvey’s String Quartet no. 4 with illustrations by the Arditti quartet and Gilbert Nouno Arditti Quartet perform Wolfgang Rihm String Quartet no. 13 A film by Paul Archbold and Colin Still of a performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet no. 13 at St Giles’ Cripplegate, London in January 2012. Wolfgang Rihm in conversation with Lucas Fels Wolfgang Rihm discusses his string quartets Arditti Quartet perform Brian Ferneyhough String Quartet no. 6 A film by Paul Archbold and Colin Still of a performance of Brian Ferneyhough’s String Quartet no. 6 at Donaueschinger MusikTage in October 2010. Climbing a Mountain: Arditti Quartet rehearse Brian Ferneyhough String Quartet no. 6 A film by Paul Archbold and Colin Still tracing the Arditti Quartet’s rehearsals for the première of Brian Ferneyhough’s String Quartet no. 6 Christopher Redgate ‘Multiphonia’ Christopher Redgate performs his virtuoso work on the new Redgate/Howarth oboe system, accompanied by several films in which Christopher Redgate discusses the creation of the new oboe, supported by an AHRC Creative and Performance Research Fellowship. Paul Archbold ‘Fluxions’ Christopher Redgate and Ensemble Exposé perform Paul Archbold’s Fluxions, accompanied by a documentary in which Christopher Redgate and Paul Archbold discuss the composition of the work. Liza Lim ‘The Navigator’ ELISION ensemble perform Liza Lim’s opera
Lecture podcasts (2011-13) Symposium- The Instrument in Musical Performance Peter Sheppard Skærved & Neil Heyde
‘Naked’ instruments: Ravel’s Sonata for Volin and Cello (1922)
Mine Doğantan Dack & Sebastian Comberti
Equal Partners? Piano-Cello Duo in Historical Context
John Irving, Jane Booth, Peter Collyer
Three Friends in Conversation - Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” Trio, K.498
Christopher Redgate & Paul Archbold
The Electronic Chamber: Creating Interactive Performance
Choreographing the Instrument, Body and Ensemble
Anthony Rooley ‘Music is nothing more than a Decoration of Silence’ (Marsilio Ficino, c.1485) Mine Doğantan Dack
‘The least expressive instrument’ (Harold Bauer, 1917)
Conference- (M)other Russia: Evolution or Revolution Sir Rodric Braithwaite
Conference- Musical Geographies of Central Asia Saida Daukeyeva
East vs West: regional styles of dombyra performance and their representation in music practice and discourse in modern Kazakhstan
The Geography of Possibility: Mapping the Future of the Past in Central Asian Music
Megan M Rancier Narratives of Ancientness and Kazakh Nationhood in the Music of the “Turan” Ensemble Stephanie Bunn
The body and the landscape in Kyrgyz poetics: topography resonance and image in contemporary Kyrgyz epic
DeNOTE: Centre for eighteenth-century performance practice
Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio: an eighteenth-century conversation Mozart Trio in Eb, for clarinet, viola and fortepiano, ‘Kegelstatt’ K.498 John Irving, Jane Booth and Peter Collyer Three films including a documentary on the work, a performance on historical instruments, and an introduction to the historical keyboards at Finchcocks Museum Available for download from iTunesU, and streaming via YouTube A DVD is available from the IMR. Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
DeNOTE performances: 19 January 15:00 Sowerby Music St Oswald’s Church Sowerby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1JG “The Classical Clarinet” Jane Booth (clarinets), John Irving (fortepiano) www.sowerbymusic.org.uk/charity/home.php 3 February 19:00 Music Hall, Guildhall School of Music & Drama Chamber Music by Mozart and Beethoven Ruth Alford (cello), John Irving (fortepiano) with guest Aisslinn Nosky (violin) For further details please contact: email@example.com 18 February 19:30 Firth Hall, University of Sheffield: Beethoven, Mozart and Hummel Piano and Clarinet Quartets John Irving, Jane Booth, Peter Hanson, Peter Collyer and Jennifer Morsches For further details please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 26 February 19:00 Holburne Museum, Bath “Uncovering the Soundworld of Mozart and Haydn” Mozart and Haydn Sonatas on the Schantz fortepiano John Irving (fortepiano) For further details please contact: email@example.com
ICONEA Near and Middle Eastern archeomusicology All seminars are free of charge and open to the public. Wednesday 22 January, 17:00-18:30 Room 246, Senate House Richard Dumbrill The problematics of musical theory transmission under the obnubilation of political and religious interference: before and after Berossus. Wednesday 19 February, 17:00-18:30 Room 246, Senate House Ahmed Mukhtar The intricacies of modulation in the Maqam Wednesday 26 March, 17:00-18:30 Room 246, Senate House Nick Stylianou Where Tetrachords Meet: Changing Perspectives on Modulation Historically the tetrachord has featured prominently in the transmission of music theory through the Western tradition, with the writings of Classical Greek theory heavily influencing the associated terminology, such as the genera (diatonic, chromatic, enharmonic), systems of combination (conjunct, disjunct) and the naming of the modes (Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, etc.). An organisational classification of scales is presented, highlighting the interaction between the diatonic and chromatic genera of tetrachords and their conjunction and disjunction. This provides a perspective on the changing notions of the term ‘modulation’ within the Western tradition, and how this relates to tetrachords and modality in non-Western traditions.
Middle East and Central Asia Forum The Middle East and Central Asia Forum is open to researchers, students and anyone interested in the music and culture of the regions.
Tuesday 20 May, 09:45 - 18:00 Room AG09, College Building, City University London, St John Street, London EC1V 0HB Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum Convenor: Laudan Nooshin (City University London) Followed by an evening concert as part of the â€˜Stay Closeâ€™ project: www.staycloseproject.com 19:00 - 21:00 Performance Space, College Building, City University London For further details please contact Laudan Nooshin: L.Nooshin@city.ac.uk www.city.ac.uk/arts-social-sciences/music All welcome. Admission free Organised by City University London in association with the Institute of Musical Research
An international network supporting resources for researchers interested in music criticism and in the more general musical culture of the nineteenth century in France. music.sas.ac.uk/fmc The Press is central to the understanding of French history in the 19th century, whether the inquiry is directed towards foreign affairs, transport, agriculture or the performing arts. Its various forms – daily newspapers, specalist publications and non-specialist periodicals – provide not only data about performances, artists and their mentalités but also permit close readings of the language underpinning their aesthetic and ideological judgements. The Francophone Music Criticism project started life in 2006 as an AHRC Network based at the IMR and led by Katharine Ellis (RHUL) and Mark Everist (University of Southampton). It brings together a worldwide network of around 160 bilingual scholars to create an openaccess online resource of music-critical texts from nineteenth-century France, and to provide an environment in which the group can take forward historical, linguistic and aesthetic concerns central to French artistic culture of the nineteenth century. We run a Jiscmail discussion list FRENCH-MUS-CRIT@jiscmail.ac.uk which ensures ready virtual contact (new members always welcome!), but our main public face is our collection of over 1500 press reviews (23 anthologies; approx. three million words). If you are interested in joining the project, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
FMC Conference 2014 Thursday 10 - Friday 11 July Salle des Commissions, BNF site Richelieu, Paris Convenors: Lesley Wright and Kerry Murphy For futher information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
BBC Symphony Orchestra Students are invited to attend selected BBC Symphony Orchestra rehearsals in Maida Vale Studios as the orchestra prepares for the following concerts at the Barbican Hall. Please note that the dates are for the concerts, not the rehearsals. To book a place, and for details of rehearsal times, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Students are required to bring scores of repertoire works. The IMR will endeavour to provide scores of newly-commissioned works. The BBC Symphony Orchestra offers discounts on selected concerts through the Student Pulse app. Wednesday 22 January, 19:30 Gérard Grisey Mégalithes (UK premiere) Hugues Dufourt Piano Concerto (UK premiere) Pierre Boulez cummings ist der Dichter Beethoven Symphony No 7 Ilan Volkov, conductor Nicolas Hodges, piano BBC Singers Saturday 15 February, 19:30 BBC SO Total Immersion: Thea Musgrave Thea Musgrave The Seasons Horn Concerto Songs for a Winter’s Evening Turbulent Landscapes Martyn Brabbins, conductor Martin Owen, horn Lisa Milne, soprano Wednesday 19 March, 19:30 Mozart Sinfonia Concertante Messiaen Éclairs sur l’au-delà… Sylvain Cambreling, conductor Veronika Eberle, violin Antoine Tamestit, viola Saturday 3 May, 19:30 Debussy Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune Pascal Dusapin Violin Concerto (UK premiere) Honegger Rugby Elgar Enigma Variations Sakari Oramo, conductor Renaud Capuçon, violin
Forthcoming IMR events in summer 2014 Friday 13 June - Saturday 14 June Spitalfields Festival The Voice and the Lens Delegate fee payable For further details please visit: www.thirdear.co.uk/projects/current-projects/the-voice-and-the-lens Monday 27 - Tuesday 28 June King’s College London 4th Annual Conference Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group Delegate fee payable For further details please visit: www.musicandphilosophy.ac.uk/conference-2014 Monday 1 – Thursday 4 July Senate House, University of London, ANALYSIS, COGNITION AND ETHNOMUSICOLOGY Third International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music and the Annual Conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Delegate fee payable For further details please visit: aawmconference.com Wednesday 17 – Thursday 18 July Senate House, University of London, Conference on Music Literature, Historiography and Aesthetics Delegate fee payable For further details please visit: music.sas.ac.uk
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Total Immersion Enter the fascinating creative worlds of two highly distinctive and very different composers in two unique days of film, music and discussion.
SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY The BBC SO celebrates the 85th birthday of a remarkable composer with a rich tapestry of her engaging and expressive music. Thea Musgrave brings rigorous technique to her dramatic inspirations in works of energy and ingenuity, as well as luminous settings of poetry from her native Scotland.
SATURDAY 8 MARCH The BBC SO takes a look at the composer who did more than anyone to establish Brazil’s national musical identity. Villa-Lobos’s unique blend of Rio café music, Western tradition, Amerindian folklore and his fascination with the sounds of the jungle produced a body of work like no other.
World and UK Premieres The very best of new music including Colin Matthews’ Traces Remain, a trio of exciting new violin concertos from Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pascal Dusapin and Bright Sheng, plus a host of new works by leading living French composers Tristan Murail, Hugues Dufourt, Gérard Pesson and Bruno Mantovani.
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